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Patricia Cappuyns
“Polished litigator Patricia Cappuyns has granular knowledge of IP and unfair competition law and is unflappable before Belgian and EU courts.” (WTR 2018). She is an “absolutely superb litigator with impressive business acumen and ample courtroom experience” (IAM Patent 1000 2017). “A real star and go-to IP lawyer in Belgium, Patricia Cappuyns ably dispatches challenging contentious briefs at the Belgian and European level, winning accolades for her client-friendly, commercial and pragmatic advice. Her insight at the intersection of IP and competition law is also in high demand” (WTR 2017).

Patricia Cappuyns

patricia.cappuyns@cape-iplaw.com

Tel: +32 (0)9 312 30 06

ABOUT Patricia Cappuyns

Patricia Cappuyns (born 1977), co-founder of CAPE IP Law, is an intellectual property and unfair competition litigator with almost 20 years of experience in the life sciences, food, consumer products, telecommunications and mechanical engineering industries. Patricia also teaches Patent Law at the University of Liège in the framework of their LL.M. program in IP and Competition Law.

Patricia holds a law degree from the K.U. Leuven (1999), a Diploma in Legal Studies from King’s College London (1998) and an LL.M. from New York University (2000). Patricia is a member of the Bars of Ghent and New York. She is a member of EPLAW and LES, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences including the annual SPC seminar and EPLAW, LES and AIPPI seminars.

While in recent years Patricia has mainly been focusing on patent litigation before the Belgian courts, she has also worked on high-profile cases before the European Commission concerning the interface of intellectual property and competition law. Patricia also co-represented Canadian toy manufacturer MEGA Brands in the landmark case before the General Court and the CJEU which led to the cancellation of the three-dimensional trade mark registration for the iconic Lego brick.

Recent highlights of her practice include:


  • Representing Teva in Belgian patent litigation against various originators including AstraZeneca and Boehringer Ingelheim;
  • Advising pharma companies in relation to their patent and SPC strategy for new product launches in Belgium;
  • Advising pharma companies on parallel import issues;
  • Advising technology companies on licensing agreements;
  • Representing Austrian designer of remote controls against Telenet and UEI in patent, design right and unfair competition litigation;
  • Representing Dutch concrete company in patent litigation against a competitor concerning agricultural stable floors;
  • Co-represented Dutch-US manufacturer of Senseo coffee pads in the first indirect patent infringement case in Belgium, then set up licensing program;
  • Co-represented Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in Belgian trademark and copyright litigation concerning Elvis merchandising products;
  • Represented Dutch biotech company in Belgian patent litigation concerning bread improvers;
  • Represented German company in Belgian patent litigation concerning agricultural machines;
  • Represented Danish company in Belgian trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation concerning replica guns;
  • Represented Chinese telecommunications company in complaint filed with the European Commission on FRAND licensing;
  • Co-represented US telecommunications company in investigation by the European Commission on FRAND licensing;
  • Co-represented US software company in investigation by the European Commission on web browsers.

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